20 years ago (1999)

Jim Wallace, 78, sports editor of the Dispatch for 34 years until retiring in 1985, has died. A highlight of his career was reporting on the Olympic Games from Los Angeles in 1984. During WWII Wallace was a code-breaker for the U.S. Army, and made a nostalgic trip to Normandy to celebrate the anniversary of D-Day.

30 years ago (1989)

Sitting at a piano for hours, listening to students plunk through songs, could be someone's worst nightmare. Not so for Beatrice Henderson, a piano teacher for 50 years who still teaches two days a week at her home and two days at Bridge of Harmony. She's also been a church organist for 55 years.

40 years ago (1979)

(Photo) Brainerd Mayor C. Elmer Anderson was the only person at Morey's Fish House anniversary celebration who was able to cut exactly one pound of cheese in a contest. Cheese demonstrator Jean Appleton is great-granddaughter of James Gardner, Brainerd mayor from 1884 to 1886.

60 years ago (1959)

(Adv.) Now playing at the Brainerd Theatre, see “Hound Dog Man,” starring Carol Lynley, who starred in “Blue Denim,” and Fabian, who sings the title song and many others. At the Paramount Theatre it's “Girls Town,” starring Mamie Van Doren, with Paul Anka singing “Lonely Boy.”

80 years ago (1939)

Two of the four 14-year-old thieves in the juvenile crime spree in Brainerd were sent to the state reformatory at Red Wing. They were the ringleaders in break-ins at 12 Brainerd businesses and theft of articles from 40 parked cars on downtown streets. The other two are on parole here.

100 years ago (1919)

(Adv.) Choose your fancy baked goods for Thanksgiving Dinner: Fridolia Macaroons, Turbin Macaroons, Cherry or Nut Kisses, Cuban Almond Slices, Cheese Straws, Fruit or Nut Rocks, Opera Squares, Lady Fingers, Scotch Short Bread and much more. Ericsson Bros. Bakery.